- by Manipal Hospitals
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- Feb 09 2017
Battle of Breads : Choosing the Best
Choosing the best bread can be confusing. Here are three bread myths that help make it that way:
Bread Myth No. 1
If it looks brown and has the word “wheat” in the name, it has lots of fiber and whole grain.
The first ingredient listed on the ingredient label tells the story. If it’s “wheat flour” or “enriched bleached flour” (or similar), that tells you white flour was mostly used, not “whole-wheat flour.”
Bread Myth No. 2
Breads with healthy sounding names “100% natural” are the best choices.
Just because the name of the bread on the package sounds super-healthy, it doesn’t mean the bread actually is., for example, list “unbleached enriched flour” as their first ingredient. 100% Natural Honey Wheat bread, likewise, is mainly made with “wheat flour,” not whole wheat.
Best Bread Tip No. 1: Go for 100%
Just “whole wheat” doesn’t cut it. Neither does “made with whole grain,” Look for labels that say “100% whole wheat” or “100% whole grain,” and don’t settle for anything less. If it’s 100% whole wheat, the first ingredient listed in the ingredient label will be whole-wheat flour or 100% whole-wheat flour.
You want whole grains because they’re naturally low in fat and cholesterol free; contain 10% to 15% protein, and offer loads of healthy fiber, resistant starch, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and often, phytoesterogrens (plant estrogens). With all those nutrients in one package, it’s no wonder whole grains provide so many health benefits, including protection from heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, and some cancers.
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